Gotham Season 3 Episode 4 Review: New Day Rising

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Wow. Just wow.

There was so much that happened on Gotham Season 3 Episode 4, I'm not even sure where to begin, so let's start at the end.

Behind Me - Gotham Season 3 Episode 4

So Barnes is about to go dark. I can hardly wait. I can't even imagine what he's going to be like considering he's such a hard ass, but we know from several conversations he's had with Jim that he's got some hidden secrets behind that tough exterior.

I think it all has to do with his war experiences, but I'm not entirely sure. All I know is that I'm looking forward to seeing the high and mighty Barnes fall down the rabbit hole, if you will.

I don't understand why he was bothering checking out the pool of blood. He knew Alice's blood was dangerous, so why didn't he order some sort of cordoning off of the area?

I'm also a little concerned about Bullock's future. He mentioned his gravestone. Barnes tells him Jim will get him killed. It's all a bit strange, but maybe I'm just paranoid because I read somewhere (I honestly don't remember where now) that Bullock may indeed be killed off.

Barnes: James Gordon is going to get you killed one day. You get that?
Bullock: Maybe, but until that day, I will never turn my back on him.

It would be a sad day for Gotham if that happened, and I hope it isn't true, but with Gotham anything is possible. 

Jim is going to need Bullock to save his ass even more now, because the Mad Hatter is pissed off and his number one target is going to be Jim Gordon.

Plus, there's the Barnes issue. Barnes may think of Gordon as a son, but deep down I think he sees Jim as one big pain in the butt, so it's easy to imagine that Barnes may be another one to come after Jim.

The guy just can't catch a break. 

I loved that Jim was able to use his own strength to reverse the spell the Mad Hatter had on him. It really shows how strong he really is. But, I'm wondering, when he broke the spell it was at the point in his flashbacks where Lee was telling him there's a difference between letting go and moving on. I don't think Jim is letting go of Lee, and holding on to her is what helped him break free. 

I appreciate that he finally sort of apologized to her. And, I liked that she pressed him on it. She really is a saint to be so calm when she's around him. But, I guess they did have an intense romance and it's hard to just shut that down. 

The past is the past. There's nothing I can do to change that.


When Jim met with Barbara at the bar, there seemed to be something there as well. I still think he has feelings for Barbara too, but his feelings for Lee are a lot deeper. Jim may be happy for her, but I'm going to guess that at some point he's going to try to win her back.

Speaking of Jim and his romances, whatever happened to Valerie Vale? You'd think we would have seen her at Penguin's press conference, but she seems to have disappeared. I hope she comes back soon, because I really like her.

Penguin won the election, but that's just the minor story. The big story is Nygma setting himself up for a war with Butch. I don't see anything good coming out of it for Butch. Nygma is a smart guy and he can hold his own. Butch may have the muscle, but does he really have the brains?

I can't begin to tell you how much I love Penguin and Nygma together. I'm not sure about going down the romance road with these two yet, but the bromance road is a beautiful sight to behold.

How awesome was it that Nygma risked his life to help Penguin win the election fair and square? It really was a turning point for Penguin to realize he can be more than just a crime boss. But, do we really want a mellowed-out Penguin? I can't imagine that's going to last very long.

I believe in you, Oswald even when you don't believe in yourself.


For sure Nygma is going to want to wreak some havoc on the city. And, I can't imagine that all the criminals in town aren't going to want to wreak havoc now that one of their own is in charge.

Do you think Nygma will go after Jim too, just for the fact that Jim got him locked up in Arkham? I could see Nygma seeking some sort of revenge, not only for himself, but for Penguin too. After all,  Penguin was blamed for killing Galavan when it really was Jim who did the deed.

I don't know about anyone else, but I really loved when Five came to Selina's rescue this hour. He kicked some major thug ass and it was awesome. It's too bad the real Bruce isn't as swift as this kid. Alfred has a lot of work to do to get Bruce up to speed.

Is that why you're angry? Because I was pretending to be you, or that I spent the day with Selina?


It wasn't surprising that the Court of Owls showed up to whisk Five away. There always had to be a nefarious purpose for his being. It's just too bad, because I don't think Five really had an evil bone in his body. If anything, I think he may have shown Bruce a thing or two. 

Did anyone else think Five looked sort of Batman-y when he jumped off the roof?

It's going to be interesting to see how this story plays out. Bruce better hurry and grow up, because if the Court of Owls have their way, Bruce's days are numbered.

Also, wasn't that kiss adorable?! But even more adorable was Bruce wondering if Selina thought she was kissing him. Teenage love!

What did you think of "New Day Rising"? What do you think is going to become of Barnes? Will Five be able to fight off the Court of Owls? Hit the comments below and share your thoughts! If you need to catch up, you can watch Gotham online right here via TV Fanatic!

New Day Rising Review

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Gotham Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

If it weren't for you, I'd still be falling asleep to the screams of the insane.


I'm not a monster, but if you want to see one, wait until my brother comes for me.